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Monday, 7 November 2016

London's Burning and Fire & Phoenix

London's Burning is a Great Fire 350th Anniversary Concert on 12th November 2016 at 7.30pm in St Stephen Walbrook. Join the Myriad Singers “at the scene” to commemorate the Great Fire of London 1666. Hear John Tavener's stunning but rarely-heard piece 'The World is Burning' for choir and tam-tam. Music contemporary with the Great Fire from Tomkins, Locke and Blow and pieces by Monteverdi, Gesualdo and Lauridsen, interspersed with readings of eye-witness accounts of the Great Fire.

Fire & Phoenix is a new play to mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London.

The play opens in the bakery of Thomas Farynor, King's Baker, just before midnight on 1 September 1666. It's a swelteringly hot night. There has been no rain for months. Thomas assures his daughter that he has checked the fires...

The fire starts within hours; for three days it rages terrifyingly, helped by a ferocious East wind. Lord Mayor Bludworth is useless. Samuel Pepys takes practical measures, and liaises with the King, Charles II. The people lose everything and camp out at Moorfields. Foreigners and 'papists' are blamed for the fire and so are ferociously attacked. People are hysterical. St Paul's burns: a vision of Hell.

A Frenchman is hanged for starting the fire, but was he really guilty? What about Farynor? Pepys has his suspicions...

Despite the toll of 89 churches, 1300 houses and 200,000 people made homeless, Christopher Wren, in a moving final scene with Pepys, has a strong sense of hope, and believes that London, like the Phoenix, will rise from the ashes.

Historia Theatre Company is Registered Charity 1099807, founded in 2003 to put on plays that have their source in or inspiration from history. Previous productions include Evelina (2004), Five Eleven (2005), An African’s Blood (2007-8), Judenfrei: Love and Death in Hitler’s Germany (2010-11), The Sound of Breaking Glass (2012-13), Queen Anne (2014), Magna Carta (2015).

Fire & Phoenix is at the Bridewell Theatre from 15 - 19 November, then tours 'Fire' Churches including St Stephen Walbrook on Wednesday 23 November, 7.30pm. Tickets £15 (£12 concessions) available on the door. To reserve places, email


Morten Lauridsen - Sure on this Shining Night.

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